Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Mark Twain

Friday, June 16, 2017

One Month Already ......

Monday May 29- It's Memorial Day. So after taking care of our duties at the campground we went over to Seth and Katie's house for a fish fry. The weather was really nice. Jeff got busy battering the fish and cooking it up. We never get much fish to the table because they eat it as fast as Jeff can cook it.

So after eating we just hung out and enjoyed the sunshine and played some bags. It was a really good family day. The food was excellent and the weather even cooperated.

When we got back to the campground everyone had left. It was really quiet, just how we like it.

Tuesday May 30- Today Jeff had to take the window he had repaired back in to mail it back. The frame on it was bent so he couldn't get it in. He didn't want to force it, so back it goes. They are paying the shipping this time. We have dealt with the fogged window this long I'm sure we can wait a little longer. It's movie day here at Collin's Road Theatre. On Tuesday it cost $5.00 to get in and they give you a free popcorn. Can't beat that. We saw Gifted. It was a good one. We had leftovers for supper. Ashton called to tell us his solar powered car that he built won first place in the race.

Wednesday My 31- It was a beauty of a day, with lots of sunshine. I took a walk to the other side of the lake. I also sat outside and enjoyed the sunshine. My birds are really arriving. I am becoming my grandma.

Wednesday night is the night the kids play volleyball so I go in and watch the kiddos. They ran a bit late tonight and I didn't get home til 11, that's late for me. Good thing I don't have to get up and go to work.

Thursday June 1- A new month....we went to town to get groceries. We are really loving the Aldi's in this area. Jeff has found they have grass fed beef so he got some to try. They are even in patties already. There was a Lowe's right across the parking lot so we went to look for a faucet for the kitchen sink. We found one that we both liked. It looks like we have another project that won't take too long to do. I will let you know how that goes.

Friday June 2- It's the last day of school. We had lots of traffic in the park today, but we have no spots left. We went to town to get a dairy queen ice cream cake to's out! Then we went out for pizza too.

Saturday June 3- We had a busy day planned for today. After getting our chores done around here. I took my walk...trying to get into a habit. After lunch we packed up for a road trip. First stop Le Claire Iowa home of the American Pickers. Since we visited the store in Nashville we felt we should check the one out here in our home state. It's only about 100 miles from us. It was quite a hot day.

We liked the store. Lot's of people said they were disappointed but we both liked it. If you watch the show it's neat to see the things that they have picked on the show. The employee's here were super friendly...more so than Nashville. After looking around here we headed to the main street. The downtown area we both loved. It has lots of little shops. I found a super nice quilt store. It is also the birth place of Buffalo Bill. There is a museum there but we are going to do it next time. The shops and restaurants are really nice. We had a great time there. Next stop Davenport Iowa which is only about 1/2 hour away. First we went to the mall and Whitey's for the best chocolate malt ever. We looked around there for awhile. Then back in the car for supper at The Cracker Barrel...yum. Then our last stop, at Rhythm City Casino. It is fairly new. Jeff did a little gambling but we really came to watch a Beatle tribute band......American English. We have seen a couple Beatle tribute bands but not these guys. The venue...not my favorite. The band was good but not my favorite one. What we did like about this band is they played different songs than the other two.

The price of the tickets was only $10.00. They started the show at 8:00 and was done at 9:30. Then I had to drive home in the dark. It was all on the Interstate so that helped. It was a full day and we both were tired when we got home.

Sunday June 4- Big day at the park today. It was time for the annual Pigman Triathlon. They always have a huge turnout and today was no exception. We weren't even going down until we learned of a friend of our sons competing in it. It was his first time. So we went down to cheer him on.

We stayed around here all day long. It is really hot and the bugs are crazy. The campers are late leaving today. Seth brought  Hailey out around supper time. She will be staying all night on Sunday since school is out now. Then we can take her to gymnastics on Monday. That way the kids don't have to leave work early and we get a chance to see what she is learning. Also after putting there house on the market on Friday, Justin and Molly sold there house today. They even got full asking price. Now they have to find a place to move.

Monday June 5- We had a full day today keeping Hailey entertained. She is easy, but she likes to do things. She must have been tired because she slept in. After breakfast she played WI, Jeff got a new fishing game that she loved, especially when she caught the fish.

Next we went outside and made a life size drawing of Hailey. I had her lay down and I traced around her. She really thought that was great fun. I am really surprised how much time she spent on it. We had fun together.

Before we knew it, it was time to leave for gymnastics. She fell asleep on the way there. We didn't know it but now her class is 2 hours long instead of 1 1/2. Boy we love watching her but 2 hours is a long time. On the way home we stopped at KFC. Justin gave us a rubber chicken that was good for an 8 piece meal. Jeff went in and when he came out we had a good laugh. We got chicken and all the fixins too. Hailey said I thought all we would get was chicken not all this stuff. It was funny. We had to take a picture to show Justin.

To finish off the night Justin called to say he and Molly found a house, they put in an offer. Hailey stayed again tonight because her daycare starts next week.

Tuesday June 6- Hailey woke up and wanted pancakes again. So we got her taken care of. That girl doesn't like butter or syrup on them. She prefers strawberries and whipped cream.

After eating we decided to make a potholder. We had some time to kill before going in to pick up her brother Ashton. We are taking a road trip to Iowa City. We like to go to the pet store and play with the puppies. It has kind of become a tradition. The kids love it and so do us adults.

They even got their hands on a ferret and the bunnies. We made it out without a purchase, which is always good. We had lunch at Panera which didn't go as smooth as the pet store. We dropped the kids off at home. They are leaving tomorrow on a camping trip with there other grandma. So I helped pack them up. We came home and heard from Justin and Molly. They got the house. They are excited about that.

Wednesday June 7- It's a nice morning. Jeff wanted to try and fix our back left bigfoot. It seems to have gotten water in it and is not working right. He called the company and they gave him some ideas on what to try. So Jeff siphoned out the old fluid and we put in new. Then we ran it a bit, still not working quite right. So repeated the process again. It still isn't working just right, but lots better. We will get more fluid and try it again at a later time. We don't have many campers here so it's super quiet. I went for a walk around to the other side of the lake. I went out on the fishing dock and spotted a lot of fish. They have put lots more structure in the water since they have done the shore line restoration. Now it is really low, they have to wait for mother nature to fill it up. We stayed here around the campground all day. The hummingbirds were going crazy today. I saw 3 birds on one feeder. They just are them.

Thursday June 8- Today was a running day. Jeff and I had a list of things to do. First we needed to recycle the fluid and the battery we replaced earlier. Then we decided we needed passports, so we stopped to get the photo taken. Jeff's was OK, mine was horrible. My eyes are half shut. I look like I'm either on drugs or drunk. So I will be getting a retake on them...for sure. We had to make a Walmart run, and finally the grocery store. We got everything done and everything on our list completed.

Friday June 9- We stayed around the campground all day. It was suppose to be super hot but with the clouds and the breeze it was nice outside. The dogs even enjoyed the outside today.

We did get some scattered showers today, but they didn't last long and cleared up by the time Judy arrived. She is here for the weekend. I haven't seen her since we've been back. So we have lots to catch up on.

Saturday June 10- We started off the morning with a walk. She makes me accountable. I need her here all the time to get me back in shape. We went to town. Judy loves my hanging chair and I told her they have them at Theisens. They were even on sale. So off we went, got her that chair and Noah helped us with it.

We had lunch at Panera's...our new favorite restaurant. Then to Sam's to get our Boulder Canyon chips. Can't get them around here without paying a fortune for them. So while we were in Sam's we found more chairs. It is a floating bean bag chair. I can't live without it so we got them. She couldn't live without one either.

We went home to prepare supper. We had chicken and vegetable kabobs. They were super good. Then we changed and went to Pork Days in Center Point. Justin and Jordan were playing from 6-9. It was really hot but they played in a shelter so you were out of the sun and there was a breeze. It turned out really nice and we had a fun time.

Jeff even joined them for a song. It was a good time for everyone. We still got home at a decent time too.

Sunday June 11- Oh my my it is a scorcher out there today. We went to church. It felt good to be there after missing last Sunday. The worship was especially good and so was the message. When we got back Judy wanted to take a walk. I tried to get out of it but she won. It was so hot. When we arrived at the other side of the lake we took a rest in the shade.

The walk back seemed way longer and way hotter. The good news was Jeff had the rig nice and cool for us. We had lunch and before long it was time for Judy to head for home. The time went super fast. Time flies when you are having fun. That's what we We always have a great time together. Lucky to have such a special friend. Til next time.........